Whether you’re looking for homemade sugar cookies, Christmas cookies, chocolate cookies, juice cookies or more, this detailed list of the best cookies has everything you need!
My mother taught me how to make the best cookies. My great-grandmother taught her how to make homemade cookies. And now I want to share with you are family favorite cookies that are perfect for any time of year. Made with basic ingredients, these homemade cookies are the very best. You’ll have success when you use the basic baking ingredients and simple recipes that I’m sharing with you here.
What your favorite cookie recipe?
Homemade Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookie – This family favorite easy sugar cookie recipe is simply the best when it comes to a soft, but dense sugar cookie. Topped with this with sugar cookie icing that hardens, you’ll have the best sugar cookie ever!
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies – Are you looking for a gluten free option when it comes to sugar cookies? These soft cut out gluten free cookies are also egg free and dairy free!
Sugar Cookies – (not cut out) If you prefer not cutting out your sugar cookies, you will enjoy these no-roll sugar cookies baked with colored sugar to keep them festive for any holiday!
Cookie Bar – Chocolate chip cookie bar made with m&ms and white chocolate. You can customize the M&M colors to match your event. The perfect blondie bar for any occasion.
Sugar Cookie Bars – Perfect for fall, these soft and chewy sugar cookie bars are made to look like candy corn! Change the colors to change your theme.
M&M Cookie Bars – Chewy, soft and easy to make with chocolate chips, M&Ms and oatmeal. These are my go-to cookies when I want a quick and easy dessert.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies – These no bake cookies made with peanut butter have only six ingredients. To make them dairy free you can substitute coconut oil for the butter and use coconut or almond milk
Peanut Butter Cookies – These are the best soft peanut butter cookies that are easy to make! A family favorite, my mom has shared the recipe with me so I can share with you!
Peanut Butter Blossoms – Soft peanut butter cookie wrapped in sugar with a Hershey kiss on top. These cookies are the best!
Healthy Cookies – The combination of raisins, pumpkin seeds, oats, coconut and dark chocolate provide a wonderful flavor and a ‘crisp on the outside, soft on the inside’ texture when the dough is baked. We think they are delicious!
Butternut Squash Cookies – Soft, and full of flavor these butternut squash cookies are suitable for a breakfast, snack or dessert. They are bound to bring smiles when you come out of the kitchen.
Healthy Oatmeal Cut Out Cookies – Simple oatmeal cookies with just four ingredients! Made with earthy nuts and seeds or additions like chocolate and peanut butter. You can make them no-bake, crispy, chewy, and even without eggs.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies – Healthy oatmeal cookies made with no refined sugar, no flour and no eggs – but packed with flavor! The texture is similar to a granola bar, but softer. All seven ingredients take just minutes to prepare!
Christmas Cookie Recipes
Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies – Soft gingerbread cookies that are not your snappy crunchy gingerbread but are slightly crunchy on the outside with a soft and moist inside.
Brickle Cookies – Layers of butter, graham crackers, quick oats, heath and coconut make this a chewy delicious cookie for Christmas. What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to pull together!
Almond Jelly Cookies – This shortbread cookie is topped with a favorite jelly. The result is a buttery and nutty melt in your mouth shortbread surrounding a soft, fruity middle.
Maple Cookies – Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with abounding flavor of maple, vanilla and coconut. Made with real maple syrup, these cookies are a real treat!
Cranberry Orange Cookies – The citrus flavor of orange are wrapped into this cookie. Pecans and cranberry add a touch of flavor and a twist to the look.
Honey Cut Out Cookies – These cookies have a touch of cinnamon and clove spice. The nutty flavor comes by incorporating ground flax seed, but the star ingredient, is clover honey in place of half the sugar. Yum!
Christmas Biscotti Cookies – Made with dried red cranberries and shelled green pistachios, these biscotti are made with white flour, a touch of fresh lemon zest and a layer of snow white chocolate.
Orange Pinwheel Cookies – Citrus flavored cookies with cranberries and pecans.
Tea Cookies – Basic ingredients form this soft lemon cookie. Perfect for tea time or any moment with a cup of coffee.
Lemon Cake Mix Cookies – These fluffy cake mix cookies are delicious and easy to make!
Juice Cookies – These cookies moist with a touch of crunch. The juice cookies are not too sweet and they have a hint of both cherry and almond flavor.
Pumpkin Cookies – Soft pumpkin cookies topped with cream cheese icing. Made with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree, these are easy to make and delicious!
Lemon Tea Cookies – Lemon flavored cookies that are perfect with tea!
Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Maybe not a cookie, but definitely the shape of one and drowned in chocolate! These are easy to make in the microwave and a family favorite!
Chocolate Chip Cookies – One of our favorite chocolate chips cookies. Perfect for freezer cooking as you can freeze the dough pre-shaped and enjoy a warm chocolate chip cookie any day!
Pretzel M&M Cookies – Love pretzel m&ms? Well, you’ll love these cookies!
Cowboy Cookies – Thick, chewy and loaded with chocolate chips, oats and pecans. This is a family favorite.
What ingredients do you need to make the best cookies?
Looking to make cookies at any time? Here’s a short list of pantry ingredients you’ll want to make sure you have on hand!
- Butter or Margarine
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Brown Sugar
- All Purpose Flour
- Pure Vanilla
Every cookie can be made with this base of pantry ingredients!
What baking equipment do you need to make the best cookies?
Here’s a list of my favorite must have baking tools and equipment to make the best cookies. If you’re looking for more ideas you can check out all my favorites here.
Stand Mixer – This is my go-to favorite baking tool for making cookies. I’ve had my mixer for over 10 years and it keeps on going!
Hand Mixer – Want something more simple? This hand mixer will do the job for most cookies.
Measuring Cups – For dry ingredients you’ll want a set of these measuring cups that nest nicely in your kitchen drawer.
Measuring Spoons – I recommend having two sets of these to have on hand when baking in your kitchen.
Liquid Measuring Cups – For liquid ingredients these are a must have. I also use them for melting my butter in the microwave when the recipe calls for it.
Dry Ingredients Storage – To store your brown sugar, flour and sugar these containers are the best! They have a wide lid for easy measuring and store well.
Making cookies provides an opportunity to slow down. With how busy life can be it’s moments in the kitchen that can bring a breath of simplicity to your schedule. From our family to yours…. I hope you enjoy these recipes that make the best cookies!
The Best Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Whisk together the flour, spices, soda and salt. Set aside.
- Using a mixer, mix the oil, molasses and brown sugar together. Then, using the same wet bowl, mix in the eggs, one at a time.
- Next, slowly stir in your bowl of the flour mixture into the mixer bowl of wet ingredients. Add one cup at a time to make it easy for you.
- The dough will still be quite sticky. Place the dough onto a heavily floured surface and with floured hands, work in more flour with your hands until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours but it's best to leave in refrigerator overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350˚ F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4 inch thick and cut out! Bake for 8 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets until just starting to crack. Let cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.